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Clinical lab fees to rise for the first time in decades

January 2, 2019


CMS last week issued a notice that the agency is increasing the fees diagnostic laboratories pay to be regulated by 20%, marking the first increase in roughly 20 years.

CMS approves Medicaid work requirements in Maine, Michigan

January 2, 2019


CMS late last month approved both Maine's and Michigan's requests to implement Medicaid work requirements.

Federal shutdown looms: House, Senate pass different versions of CR that would fund FDA

December 21, 2018


President Trump on Thursday told House Republican leaders that he would not sign a Senate-passed short-term spending bill that would fund seven federal departments and various federal agencies, including FDA, because it did not include funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

House passes last-minute bills to delay ACA taxes, reform FDA oversight of OTC drugs

December 21, 2018


The House on Thursday passed several bills that would affect health care, including one that would delay certain taxes established under the Affordable Care Act and one that would reform how FDA regulates over-the-counter medications, but it is unclear whether the bills will advance in the Senate before the chamber adjourns for the year.

Cigna closes $67B deal to buy Express Scripts. Here's what you need to know.

December 21, 2018


Cigna on Thursday officially closed on its $67 billion acquisition of pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts, completing the merger of two companies that had more than $141 billion in combined revenues in 2017.

The 10 leading causes of death for US children, charted

December 21, 2018


Injury is the leading cause of death among U.S. children, and the injury-related death rates are far outpacing those of other developed countries, according to a study published Thursday.

This year's federal open enrollment period has ended, and the (initial) signup total is in

December 20, 2018


CMS says the number of U.S. residents who signed up for federal exchange plans reached about 8.5 million this year, down by about 4% from the approximately 8.8 million who signed up during last year's open enrollment period.

These lawmakers want HHS to start manufacturing generic drugs

December 20, 2018


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (R-Mass.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) have introduced legislation that would direct HHS to manufacture generic drugs in instances where generic competition is lacking in the U.S. market.

Veterans still face long wait times as costs for VCP soar, investigation finds

December 20, 2018


Veterans Affairs (VA) four years ago launched the VA Choice Program to expand veterans' access to private health care providers and cut down appointment wait times, but VA claims data show veterans continue to experience long wait times, a ProPublica/PolitiFact investigation finds.

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